Kids Keep Dad in The Office

Presents information on a study regarding the number of hours spent by fathers in the office, conducted by researchers in the University of Washington. Association of the total office hours logged by fathers and the gender of their children; Implication of the study on family values.

By Kendra Weinisch, published on November 1, 2000 - last reviewed on January 23, 2015

TRENDS

"Wait until your father gets home!" This punishment-promising
phrase--a nerve-racking threat to some kids--could imply a less speedy
trial for sons than for daughters, new research suggests.

A recent University of Washington (UWV) study followed 1,200
American men for 25 years and found that fathers increased the number of
hours they put in at the office when there was a birth in the family,
especially if the baby was a boy. The data, analyzed by the Panel Study
on Income Dynamics (PSID) and soon to be published in The Review of
Ecohomier and Statistics, showed that fathers worked an average of 84
hours more a year after their first son's birth, but only about 31 hours
more after a daughter's.

While the discrepancy is unclear, theorizes study author Elaina
Rose, Ph.D., a UW economics professor, "It has to do with how fathers
value their role in the family. Either they feel that it's more important
to demonstrate the role of a man in society to a boy; or that they have a
greater stake in the child if it's a boy." Rose hopes her research can
help explain gender's role in economics and predict trends at
work.